Dr. Fauci on Why We’ll Likely See a Surge upon a Surge Due to the Colder Weather and Holiday Travel, Meaning We’re Unlikely to See a Relaxation of Preventative Covid-19 Measures Anytime Soon.

November 30, 2020
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We said that these things would happen, as we got into the cold weather and as we began traveling, and they’ve happened. It’s going to happen again.

  • Dr. Fauci added there will “almost certainly” be an uptick in the weeks ahead due to Thanksgiving holiday travel.
    • On Sunday, the TSA screened the most passengers (1.1 million) in a single day since mid-March, topping off a week that reported more than 6.4 million air travelers – that’s a massive increase compared to recent months, but still 10 million less compared to the Thanksgiving holiday week in 2019.
  • Dr. Fauci advised that those who recently traveled (and are able to do so) should get tested and quarantine.
  • In terms of what state and local governments can do to help slow the spread, he said “close the bars and keep the schools open” – though he also noted there is no one size fits all policy that works for every community.
  • HELP IS ON THE WAY: In recent weeks three pharmaceutical companies announced promising clinical trial results for COVID-19 vaccines. On Monday, Moderna joined Pfizer, becoming the second company to apply for emergency use authorization from the FDA for its COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said he expects the U.S. will have 40 million doses of vaccines available for high-risk and vulnerable populations, such as frontline workers, by the end of the year. However, vaccines are not expected to be widely available until next year.

by Jenna Lee,